Wakefield, William Wallace
Age: 19, credited to Lowell, VT
Unit(s): 11th VT INF, VRC
Service: enl 9/19/63, m/i 10/7/63, Pvt, Co. M, 11th VT INF, tr to VRC 4/13/65; m/o 10/4/65
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Birth: 06/27/1844, Lowell, VT
Burial: North Troy Cemetery, Troy, VT
Marker/Plot: Not recorded
Gravestone researcher/photographer: Heidi McColgan
Findagrave Memorial #: 147271912
Alias?: None noted
College?: Not Found
Veterans Home?: Not Found
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Wakefield, William Wallace, of Westfield, son of Alvah and Hannah (Kimpton) Wakefield, was born in Orleans county, June 27, 1844.
He received his early education in the Lowell public schools, and during his third term at Johnson Academy was one of several students who went to Morrisville and enlisted in Co. M, 11th Vt. Vols., in September, 1863. He remained with his command to the close of the war, receiving his discharge in October, 1865, was engaged in all the battles from the Wilderness to Petersburg, including Spotsylvania, North Anna River, Cold Harbor, and, with four hundred of his regiment, was captured in the engagement near the Welden R. R., but with forty of his comrades he had the good luck to make his escape the very first night after he was taken prisoner.
After his return to Lowell he engaged in farming till 1875, when he became interested in the lumber business at Eden, where he remained two years and then formed a partnership under the firm name of Hoyt & Wakefield, to engage in the same line of trade at Westfield. His sterling qualities, both as a citizen and a business man, have called him to many official positions, among which may be enumerated those of selectman, auditor, lister, first constable, and deputy sheriff, which latter position he holds to the present time. In 1892 he was elected high bailiff of Orleans county, and the same year was sent as town representative from Westfield to Montpelier, where he served creditably on several general and special committees.
Mr. Wakefield has for a long time been a member of Masonic Union Lodge No. 16, of Troy, and twelve years since passed through the Royal Arch. He is connected with the Baptist church in Lowell, and has taken a prominent part in Hazen Post, GAR He has always been a strong Republican, and an active worker in the party.
February 11, 1866, he married Ruth E., daughter of Daniel and Amanda Newton of Lowell. Of their five children four survive: Emma, Florence, Helen, and Maude.
Source: Jacob G. Ullery, compiler, Men of Vermont: An Illustrated Biographical History of Vermonters and Sons of Vermont, (Transcript Publishing Company, Brattleboro, VT, 1894), Part II, pp. 414.